Investing in recycling

Coleraine-based Island Enterprises is developing a pioneering recycling plant

Coleraine-based Island Enterprises is developing a recycling plant at Mallusk, Newtownabbey where it will use pioneering recycling techniques, including bio-remediation

Island Enterprises is investing £550,000 investment in the project, which is expected to create around 13 new jobs over the next three years, most of which will be at the fully licensed recycling site. Invest NI has provided financial assistance of £90,000 towards the project.

Mary Gormley, Invest NI’s north west regional office manager, said: ‘Island Enterprises has identified a significant niche market for its expertise in bio-remedial technology.

‘It has a number of innovative products on the drawing board which could help to establish this ambitious company in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, offering solutions to serious environmental problems and in helping other businesses meet the existing and future requirements of ‘green’ legislation.’

Island founder Dr Mark McKinney said: ‘Our business strategy is to establish the company as one of the leading treatment and waste recycling operations throughout the island of Ireland. We have the expertise to offer cost-effective solutions to all companies which produce waste.

‘Our other important focus will be on the continuous research and development of innovative products that address specific waste treatment and the bio-remediation of sites and contaminated land.

‘What we can offer companies and public authorities is vast experience of waste treatment and pollution clean-up techniques gained in Ireland and further afield in Europe and Asia, including China, over the past two decades. Environmental issues, of course, are already a major concern for companies and various agencies, and will continue to grow in importance in the years ahead.’